Summer 2021 Schedule
In-Person and Virtual Programs
We’re changing things up this summer by offering a combination of virtual and in-person programs from our NEW! outdoor art tent to fit the comfort levels and safety needs of our community.
For each weekly session, classes run 1 hour each morning M-F and students can choose to log in and participate synchronously OR wait for the video from the morning’s session and do the day’s projects when it is convenient for their family. This is a wonderful option for families who want some art time for their kiddo and some interaction with a community but still feel more comfortable having that experience from the safety of home. **Virtual programs include delivery of all supplies needed prior to the start of the week’s program.
In-Person Programs (max 8 per session with 2 staff)
Thank goodness for warm weather and the opportunity it provides for us to make art together in person!! We’re taking our in-person summer program to our new outdoor tented studio from 9-11:30am M-F!! Students will be required to wear masks (except for at snack and water breaks), physical distance, and will have their own safely spaced workspace out in the fresh air, their own bin of supplies and materials for their week of art-making, and a plastic one-use apron for any messy activities. We will also make occasional use of the bike path (accessed from the back of our parking lot!) as a place for art-making, and will have access to our inside studio for bathroom and clean up needs.
**In the case of inclement weather, the day’s program will be held virtually via zoom and materials will be provided.
**We are committed to the safety of campers and staff and will be closely monitoring all state and local safety requirements as summer approaches. Should it be necessary, we will adjust our safety practices accordingly or switch our in-person experiences over to virtual ones (with as much notice as possible). As always, thank you for your patience during this time of needed flexibility!!
Summer 2021 Schedule At-A-Glance
- June 28-July 2 Art Exploration (Ages 5-10)
- August 2-6 Griffins and Baku’s and Krakens, Oh My! (Ages 7-11)
- July 6-9 Art Exploration (Ages 5-10) – Full, register for waiting list
- July 12-16 Drawing and Painting (Ages 6-11) – Full, register for waiting list
- July 19-23 Drawing and Painting (Ages 6-11) – Full, register for waiting list
- July 19-23 Comics for Beginners (Ages 8-14) – Full, register for waiting list
- July 26-30 Sculpture (Ages 6-11) – Full, register for waiting list
- August 2-6 The Great Mash-Up (Ages 8-14) – Full, register for waiting list
Daily Schedule for In-Person Programs
- 9 – 9:15am arrival, hand sanitizing and meeting
- 9:15am – 10am Art Block 1
- 10 – 10:30am hand washing, snack, and games
- 10:30 – 11:15am Art Block 2
- 11:15 – 11:30am finish, choice, clean-up and goodbyes
Spaces are held on a first come, first serve basis once a registration form, completed waiver, AND full payment (check or Venmo @Lindsay-Fogg-Willits) are received. Students who withdraw from a summer session before June 15, 2021 will receive a full refund. After that point, an 80% refund will be issued. If an in-person workshop must switch to a virtual experience due to COVID-19, families will have the option to withdraw for a full refund.
Art Exploration (Ages 5-10)
(VIRTUAL) Session 1: June 28 – July 2, 9-10am, $155
(IN PERSON) Session 2: July 6-9, 9- 11:30am, $160 – Full, register for waiting list
A great program for kids who love making art and want to explore lots of approaches and materials! Projects throughout the week will focus on drawing, painting, collage, sculpture, fiber art, printmaking and more and will be inspired by a variety of themes and artists.
Drawing and Painting (Ages 6-11)
(IN PERSON) Session 3: July 12-16, 9-11:30am, $200 – Full, register for waiting list
(IN PERSON) Session 4: July 19-23, 9-11:30am, $200 – Full, register for waiting list
This week will be spent helping students to develop their painting and drawing skills through daily technique demonstrations, materials experimentation and projects exploring a variety of themes including landscape, portraiture, still life, figure drawing, abstraction and more. We will also learn ways that line, value, color, perspective and design principles can enhance a work of art. This is a fun and relaxed week of 2D art-making for children of all levels!
Comics for Beginners (Ages 8-14) Instructor: Jace “Rascal” Smith
(IN PERSON) Session 4: July 19-23, 1-3pm, $200 – Full, register for waiting list
Learn the fundamentals of creating comics through fun activities that will excite students’ imagination and passion for the genre!! We will create original characters, learn how to draw favorites from cartoons seen on tv, create facial expressions, and understand the art of storytelling and comic book design. No previous drawing experience required!
Sculpture (Ages 6-11)
(IN PERSON) Session 5: July 26 – 30, 9- 11:30am, $200 – Full, register for waiting list
A great workshop for children who have big imaginations and a love for building! We will work with clay, wood, cardboard, paper mache, wire and more to create a variety of small and large-scale sculptures. Projects will explore a variety of themes and will occasionally be inspired by sculpture artists working locally and abroad. Come ready to get your hands messy!
The Great Mash-Up! (Ages 8 – 14) Instructor: Jace “Rascal” Smith
(IN PERSON) Session 6: August 2 – 6, 9-11:30am, $200 – Full, register for waiting list
Welcome to the great Mash Up! Students will use street art techniques and create a cartoon character that is composed of two, by “mashing” them together. Working with this hybrid central character, we will copy it in various forms using an array of mediums and techniques including stenciling, printmaking, t-shirt design, and more!
Griffins and Baku’s and Krakens, Oh My! (Ages 7-11) Instructor: Molly Carlisle
(VIRTUAL) Session 6: August 2 – 6, 9-10am, $155
Spend the week making art inspired by your favorite mythical creatures from dragons and fenrir, to the mighty pegasus! We’ll create preparatory drawings of the real life animals that inspired these creatures, and will use them as a jumping off point for the imaginative artwork we make of these legendary beasts. Each day will focus on a different mythical creature and will feature varied supplies and approaches including drawing, painting, collage and more!
Lindsay Fogg-Willits (left) is the owner of Art Always, a teacher of adult art classes at Hill Institute, and a frequent visiting artist to local schools and programs. She was also an art teacher at Northampton High School and spent 9 years as Administrative Director of Deerfield Academy’s Summer Arts Camp (DASAC). She lives in Florence with her husband and two children.
Molly Carlisle (right) is Assistant Director of our in-person summer programs and a visiting instructor from time to time! She attended Mount Holyoke College, where she received a B.A in Studio Art, and spent a year studying painting and printmaking at the Lorenzo de’Medici School in Florence, Italy. Having spent four incredible summers teaching painting, printmaking, and batik at DASAC, she is excited to return to a relaxed camp environment and have some fun making art!
Jace (“Rascal”) Smith is an Amherst based art educator, illustrator, and published comic book artist. An alumna of both the School Of Visual Arts in New York City, and of the Massachusetts College Of Art And Design in Boston, Jace has shown work throughout the New England and New York area, and has done work for a wide variety of clients in different markets.
Lexi Walters Wright, owner of High Five Books, isn’t part of our official summer program staff, BUT you’ll likely see her busying herself with High Five Books business while we’re in the midst of our art-making! She might even join in the fun from time to time.